I love making lists. Here’s a fun prompt: what are the greatest wineries in America? I’ve got a lot of top 10 contenders turning over in my head, with emphasis on historical importance. One of these days I’ll sit down and hammer out an order. But Ridge is my #1.
The Le Dû's team was struck immediately on first tasting of these wines. They are plainly on-their-face remarkable beverages that are certain to entrance without any exposition of their story. But these wines also prove to be a seemingly bottomless well of intrigue.
The global revival of interest in Malbec has led Cahors producers like Carac Terre to really step up their game, with an eye on export markets. Proud and self-assured, Cahors winemakers prefer their traditional rustic, tannic, and spicy expression of Malbec to the juicier Argentine wines.
Somewhere along the line, it became a truism that serious wine is dry wine. It’s the perception that a sweet tooth is the basest of palates, and one of the most rewarding things about wine is developing our palates into something more discerning. But I promise you, a decent Eiswein or Tokaji is not White Zinfandel!
The ever-accelerating cost of Napa winemaking, paired with the reserve of people willing to pay up for a sprawling estate of their own, means the idea of a small-scale farmer-vigneron gets more laughably alien to the Napa scene every passing year. That can be a good thing for California wine as a whole. Here’s why.